The Second American Circuit Court in Manhattan ruled on Monday that the public has the right to see testimony in a defamation lawsuit filed in April 2016 by Epstein prosecutor Virginia Giffrey. Reuters reported.
The unsigned order of the appeals court determined that U.S. District Judge Loretta Presca did not overturn the authority, rejecting Maxwell’s “meritless arguments” that her concerns were to see a 418-page statement more important than the public’s authority.
Presca had previously decided in July that testimony and hundreds of other documents from the 2017 trial of Guffrey settled would be made public, as most of the documents related to it were already public. He said that “any slight embarrassment” could be the reason for his release “exceeding public access estimates.”
Maxwell’s attorneys had argued that making statements, including “intimate, sensitive and personal details” publicly available, could harm their opportunity to have a fair trial. He also said he felt the testimony was confidential, and that its release would violate his constitutional right to avoid self-murder, according to Reuters.
Guffrey, who said Maxwell brought him under the trafficking of Epstein, and the Miami Herald led the effort to unheard the documents.
Maxwell has been accused of committing to creating a sex trafficking ring of young girls with the help of Epstein and denying participation in the effort. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Authorities arrested Maxwell in July after being found in New Hampshire and sent to Brooklyn Jail.
A medical examiner ruled that Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan prison cell in August 2019 while he was awaiting trial for sex trafficking offenses.